Water Demand Due to Increased Population

The combined population of countries that rim the Mediterranean Sea is projected to increase by over 100 million between 2000 and 2025 with the vast majority of this growth occurring in the 12 drier SEMED countries [1]. Due to population growth alone it is estimated that by 2025, 10 of the 12 SEMED countries will be consuming over 50% of their renewable water resources, with 8 of them exceeding 100%. Most of the demand increase will come from irrigation and domestic supply needs.

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